[non-Wesnoth] Korg Nanopad

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[non-Wesnoth] Korg Nanopad

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I've been thinking about getting some sort of midi pad controller for a looong time, but being kind of poor I've never prioritized it. Playing percussive instruments on a keyboard is awkward, but it works. Recently however I became aware of the small, cheap and very popular Korg Nanopad, and as I had saved up some money to buy music gear, I decided to get one. And it totally rocks!

Here's a very impressive demo

I can't play like that of course, but it's really a cool little piece of hardware that, for me at least, puts the fun back in recording virtual drums and percussion. Despite its small size it has a tactile directness that you just can't get with a midi keyboard. It takes some getting used to, but just jamming on it is a ton of fun. I even set up the sustain pedal to trigger the kick drum so I can basically play the kit as it's supposed to be played!

Anyone else here got a Nanopad? I'd love to hear what you think of it.

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Wow! Are you sure Billy Cobham is not hitting drums next to him? (a joke :smile:)

That is definitely enjoyable. It seems one touch makes a shuffle, and the sound is almost the same as real drums.
I am interested in how much money you have to spend to get the wonderful toy.
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SkyOne wrote:I am interested in how much money you have to spend to get the wonderful toy.
The Nanopad in itself is very cheap. I paid €49 for mine. Just to clarify, the controller itself doesn't produce any sound. It just triggers things via midi. David Haynes uses Superior Drummer 2 in the video,

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Re: [non-Wesnoth] Korg Nanopad

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Hey West have you seen those Jazzmutant Lemurs ?!?! Everytime I see a demo of one I curl up in a ball and cry knowing I'll never be able to afford/justify the cost of one ... but they are SO cool!

And as for the Nanopad, I don't have one, but they look exceptionally great for the price. One of my mates has this crazy thing called a Zen Drum, google it, its pretty awesome to jam with. It's a midi controller shaped like a guitar lined with all these sensitive finger pads, kinda over kill but it's great for improv jamming. Would rather buy a Nanopad though! Or build a midibox! Or grab a wind controller! Ahh the choices! This hobby does no wonders for my pocket.

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